Wednesday, July 01, 2009 langartstchr, Community Member, asks

Q: Methotrexate and cold?

Hi everyone. Well, I haven't posted in quite a while because, thankfully, my RA has been under control. A few days ago I started running a low fever. I wasn't sure what was going on, but now my nose is getting a bit stuffy (so I assume it's a cold). Is it O.K. to take my methotrexate with a cold?

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Lene Andersen, Health Guide
7/ 3/09 12:29pm

To be honest, I don't know. I do know that if you're on one of the Biologics, you should skip your dose or reschedule it if you're getting sick to avoid lowering your immune system even more because it could lead to the cold/flu/whatever getting much worse, but I'm not sure about methotrexate. I'd recommend you call your rheumatologist to check.

NewportRILady, Community Member
7/21/09 6:33pm

I think it depends on the severity of the cold. MTX also lowers your immune system, making it harder to fight any type of infection. Best case scenerio would be to leave your rheumy a message and ask his/her opinion.

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